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OSHA's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Standards - 5 Reasons to Get it Right and 5 Common Mistakes
Presented by Micah Smith, Aaron Gelb, and Dan Deacon

Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) is an essential aspect of every safety and health program, helping to safeguard employees from a variety of workplace hazards. Its importance has been especially highlighted during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the important role that PPE plays, OSHA requires employers to assess their workplaces to determine whether hazards exist necessitating PPE and, if so, to select appropriate PPE, train employees how to properly use it and ensure that it is actually being worn. Failing to do this can lead to avoidable injuries, illnesses, and even fatalities. But with such vague and broadly stated requirements, many employers struggle to conduct compliant hazard assessments, understand when PPE is required, select the appropriate PPE, and even identify who is responsible for providing PPE in the first place.

This webinar will highlight PPE issues implicated by COVID-19 in the workplace, discuss the most frequent PPE mistakes that employers make, explain some of the most misunderstood provisions of the applicable OSHA standards, and identify strategies to limit exposure to the most common PPE violations.

During this webinar, participants will learn about:

• 5 reasons employers should prioritize complying with OSHA’s PPE requirements
• 5 common PPE-related mistakes employers make
• PPE issues implicated by COVID-19 in the workplaces
• Steps employers can take to mitigate PPE-related hazards and violations

Jun 16, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Micah Smith
Partner, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Micah Smith is a Partner in the national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group of Conn Maciel Carey LLP. He focuses his practice in the areas of occupational safety and health (OSHA) law. Mr. Smith represents clients in the full range of OSHA-related matters across a wide range of industries, and works with his clients to identify safety and health strategies that both increase employee safety and improve business performance.
Aaron R. Gelb
Partner, OSHA and Labor and Employment Practice Groups @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Aaron R. Gelb Heads Conn Maciel Carey’s new Chicago office. His practice specializes in labor & employment and OSHA litigation. He has extensive experience litigating equal employment opportunity matters in federal and state courts, having tried numerous cases to verdict and defended employers before the EEOC as well as fair employment agencies nationwide. Aaron also advises employers through inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving fed OSHA and state OSH programs, and manages the full range of litigation against OSHA.
Daniel C. Deacon
Associate, OSHA and Labor and Employment Practice Groups @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Daniel C. Deacon is an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey, working in both the Labor and Employment and OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Groups. Dan's practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety & health law and labor and employment law. He represents employers in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving OSHA and other state and local safety related agencies.